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What we're writing for


Slow Student:

Noun, often attributive, rarely attributed.

Definition: one who is not afraid to admit they don't want to work hard all the time. 

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What we're writing for


Slow Student:

Noun, often attributive, rarely attributed.

Definition: one who is not afraid to admit they don't want to work hard all the time. 


"The Slow philosophy is not about doing everything at a snail’s pace. It’s about seeking to do everything at the right speed. Savoring the hours and minutes rather than just counting them. Doing everything as well as possible, instead of as fast as possible"

Carl Honoré, In Praise of Slowness
 

Why Should Students Slow Down?

I'm Joe, a Geography PhD at University College London who works too hard.

As both a student and now a teaching assistant,  I have found that students are frantically busy. They worry about their workloads, finances and future careers. The use of university counselling and mental health services is on the rise.

A recent book was written called The Slow Professor. The book was designed to help staff who feel their workloads are too heavy. The book made the simple but startling point that working too hard is not always desirable nor is it healthy.

This website is designed to help students who feel the same.

 



 

 

 

 

Slow News


Slow News


 

Slow News

The Slow Movement on the web

 
 
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SlowStudents at the RGS Annual Conference

SlowStudents is coming to the Royal Geographical Society's Annual Conference in 2017. We have our final panel lined up. They will be:

1.       Preparing school students for the slow university – Roy Peachey (Woldingham School, UK)

2.       Navigating research….Slowly – Tessa Holland (Newcastle University, UK)

3.       Between Speed and Slowness: An Independent Researcher’s Search for Academic Rhythm – Basak Tanulku (Independent)

4.       How to slow down students- Joe Thorogood (University College London, UK)



See the original Call for Papers in the 'Learn More' button.

 

Shut Up and Write!

UCL Geography held its first ever session of Shut up and Write! on the 25th Jan. The Thesis Whisperer blog is where I was inspired to start the session. Check out their website through the 'Learn More' button.

 

Older slow news is archived and can be accessed through the below link.

Study Drugs on the rise

The use of modafinil and adderall is rising among students who can't focus or need to concentrate for longer as reported by the Guardian. What ever the reason, it's more evidence that we feel overwhelmed by life at university.

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Slow Studying


Slow Studying


Slow Studying

The list that every student should have written

The list that every student should have written

 

I believe the slow movement can be applied to the work we do in universities. Some of it is simple and logical advice about distractions, some of it is about the actual process: slow thinking and writing.  This page has blog posts on slow learning that are grouped by the tasks that defined my university experience.

Essays

Essays are one of the oldest, strangest choices for assessment. Learn how to do them slowly here.

Exams

Perhaps the opposite of the slow assessment, but some careful thought before putting pen to paper can make all the difference.

Presentations

We tend to rush presentations and try to speak for the whole time. Pauses and slower delivery provide clarity and coherence.

Dissertations

6,000 - 15,000 words of uninterrupted, unadulterated you.

Reading

Believe it or not, you don't have to read everything start to finish. But sometimes you do.

Contributors


Contributors

Contributors


Contributors

This website is really all about the insights we get from the people we know and meet - friends, colleagues, family members, friends of friends, and anyone else who strives to be slower. 

If you'd like to get involved and share your slow stories get in touch here.

Check out all the Slow Warriors below. Click on their profile for more info about them and links to the cool stuff they do.

Contact


Contact

Contact


Contact

Slow Streaming regularly feature guest contributors. Please do get in touch via twitter or email

slowstudents@gmail.com

External Slow Links


External Slow Links


 
Some people who are trying to slow down buy watches with only the hour hand. They don't want to live life by the minute.

Some people who are trying to slow down buy watches with only the hour hand. They don't want to live life by the minute.

We didn't get here alone. We came across wonderful people doing wonderful things that help them slow down. We've listed a few of our favorites here.

Ted Talks

TED talks via the NPR Ted Radio Hour have kept Joe sane on the tube, quietly allowing him to becoming deeply involved in a conversation he doesn't have to contribute to. Some of the best Ted Talks and speakers are outlined here.

Carl Honoré: In praise of Slowness

Andy Puddingham, co-founder of HeadSpace: All it takes is 10 minutes

Ernesto Sirrolli: Want to Help Someone? Shut up and Listen

Kathryn Shultz: Don't Regret Regret

Alain de Botton: A Gentler Kind of Success

Anne-Marie Slaughter: Can we Have it all?

Headspace

The Headspace app is run by Andy Puddingham, and helps you take 10 minutes out of your day to meditate. The first 10 lessons are free, and it's 9.99 a month afterwords. Even if you don't want to pay for it, the first 10 sessions set you on a brilliant path for meditating yourself.

Slow Television in Norway/Truck Simulator

in 2009 a live feed of a train from Oslo to Bergen captured 1 million Norwegians. Welcome to Slow Television.

The rise of Truck Simulator is equally baffling, but fascinating. You spend hours driving across the world virtually shifting gears brought one man tranquility. I haven't played it yet, but it's in my Steam basket.

Criticisms of the Slow Movement

There is no point in denying it: slowing down is a luxury that some can ill afford. Too many things depend on staying fast. Every day I fail to slow down. I eat our lunch on the go. I text while in lectures or meetings. I forget to meditate.

Articles that criticise the Slow Movement are important. They help us diagnose where we are going wrong.

Jess Carter-Morley: Life at a Snails Pace

 

The author


About the author

The author


About the author

  Joe lives in London and likes running up the hills north of the river. He started writing this blog with Simon because he wasn’t happy with the career advice he had been given. He didn’t want to get good at psychometric testing, nor did he want to fill in question six of TFL’s graduate application form. He was lucky enough to have alternative careers advice that led him down a different path. Joe's current favorite thing is pan-gargle galactic blasters.  

 

Joe lives in London and likes running up the hills north of the river. He started writing this blog with Simon because he wasn’t happy with the career advice he had been given. He didn’t want to get good at psychometric testing, nor did he want to fill in question six of TFL’s graduate application form. He was lucky enough to have alternative careers advice that led him down a different path.

Joe's current favorite thing is pan-gargle galactic blasters.